Fine Accoutrements “L’Orange Noir” Aftershave Review

Marketers love people like me. I’m a sucker for great packaging. Whether it’s exciting, novel, or in the case of Fine Accoutrements “L’Orange Noir” aftershave – classic. I’ll admit that the main reason for picking up one of Fines Aftershaves was the bottle that it came in. The simplicity of the logo and the glass bottle were telling me to add it to my bathroom counter. Of course great packaging will get me to buy your product once, but it needs to be a great product for me to buy it twice.

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Speick Natural Deo Stick Deodorant

I usually like to give a product a couple of weeks of use before I sit down write down my thoughts, but I believe the record heat and humidity, biking to work, and working in an old non-airconditioned school building these past few days have given me more than enough to comment on Speick Natural Deorderant Stick. 

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Merkur 1904 Classic Review

The Merkur 1904 classic was the first double edge razor that I have ever purchased and I never looked back. Many double edge razors later, I still find myself coming back to this little razor with the old style feel for a great shave. If you are looking for a first razor I would strongly recommend starting here.

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Back From Italy – Figaro Shave Soap

Perhaps it is my fault. My last trip to Italy was six or seven years ago. Long before I started to wet shave it was interested in any way. I arrived in Italy expecting to find more of a traditional wet shaving culture than I found. I had a vision of grocery stores and pharmacies carrying Proraso, Cella, and shelves of lesser known, but equally fantastic brands. I expected a large selection of brushes – even if they were all Omega’s.

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Italian Barber Eleganza Shaving Soap

I’m writing this review just a few hours before heading off to Italy for a weeks. So it is a bit fitting that this review is of one of The Italian Barbers Shave Creams. I’m hoping that over the next three weeks I will be coming across a few lesser known Italian soaps and creams that I can write about from abroad. But for the meantime here is a quick look at the Italian Barber’s Eleganza Shaving Soap

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Getting What You Paid For – Discount Razor #3

Well is was bound to happen – getting what I paid for. A couple of months ago I started a new segment on TheCloseShave taking a look at discount razors. I would classify the first two razors as a success story. Sure the felt and looked cheap but the worked well enough, each having some redeeming quality to them. Enter razor number 3. As soon as I opened it I knew that, at a $1.71, I had overpaid.

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Sam’s Natural Ravine Deodorant

A few months back I decided to make the rather costly switch to natural deodorants. Having had success with my first natural stick of deodorant I went out searching for another. The search lead me to a great find with Sam’s Natural Ravine deodorant.

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